“My thoughts were this,” Kristin Wolanin said. “We need theater this fall, and life in general has already been dark enough; I don’t want the theater to be dark too.”
Then, having thought those things, the director of Country Day theater turned her attention toward making them happen. Twice. In a format neither the cast, crew, or director had ever attempted before.
“The kids came back thinking we’re not going to have a show and my reaction was, ‘What do you mean? It’s Wolanin. Of course we’re going to have a show,’” Wolanin said. “Also, I have an addiction. Not doing a show wasn’t a possibility for me.”
Of course, doing only one show was a possibility. Then Wolanin thought some more.
“I had this fantastic all-female cast and two plays that I loved that I knew could be chopped down into great one-act shows. So that’s what we’re doing, and it’s been extra double crazy!”
Everyone is invited to watch The LCDS Theatre Company keep the performing arts thriving in two groundbreaking productions, “Steel Magnolias” and “The House Of Bernarda Alba.” Showtimes for “Steel Magnolias” are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 14, with the curtain rising on “The House Of Bernarda Alba” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 13.
The shows are free, but if you would like to support the Company with a donation, you can do so here, with sincere thanks from the cast and crew.
Instead of a live performance, each show is its own film of a staged reading, in full costume, as an ensemble. The filming consisted of two four-hour shoots that were then edited to move the players in their Zoom cubes around the screen to approximate the feeling of seeing actors move around the stage.
“It can be hard to picture,” Wolanin said, “but a good way to think about it is as a radio drama rather than a traditional play.”
Both shows have the advantage of taking place in one location, both center on the “awesome, juicy drama of all these women,” and both feature six members of the eight-actress cast playing strikingly different roles in each play.
“To play two characters basically at the same time who come from different countries and different cultures and speak completely differently than the other, that’s not easy to do,” Wolanin said. “I was really impressed with how much range and versatility they showed.”
To watch the shows, you first have to register by clicking the links below. Once registered, you will receive an email that will tell you how to join the audience.
“The House of Bernarda Alba”
Truvy — Hannah Whisman
Annelle — Laurel Marx
Clairee — Sophie McDougall
Shelby — Mae Barr
M’Lynn — Amelia Lojewski
Ouiser — Frannie Thiry
“The House of Bernarda Alba”
Angustias — Mae Barr
Martirio — Amelia Lojewski
Magdelena — Laurel Marx
Amelia — Peachy Lee
Poncia — Frannie Thiry
Adela — Sophie McDougall
Bernarda — Hannah Whisman
Servant — Sarah Hilton
Stage Manager — Sarah Hilton
Costumes — Riley Eckman*, Keira Alhadeff, and Anna Sponaugle
Props — Linnea Winterer*, Ruby Nemeroff, Kobe West, Lennon Krista, and Jayden Temple
Sound — Ben Kendall, Grace Foresman*, and Eli Hurtt
Publicity — Ben Kendall*, Olivia Neff, and Linnea Wright
* — Crew Chief